SAVCHENKO, VLADIMIR (IVANOVICH) (1933– )
Russian writer who began as an author of short stories, publishing Tchironyie Zviozdy ["Dark Stars"] (coll 1960) and contributing to anthologies. His most famous novel, Otkrytiie Sebia (1967; trans Antonina W. Bouis as Self-Discovery 1979 US), depicts in uncliched terms the scientific development of a SUPERMAN. Later stories, comparable with the metaphysical parables of Stanislaw LEM and Philip K. DICK, are to be found in Ispytaniie Istinoi ["Truth Test"] (coll [date unconfirmed]) and Algoritm Uspekha ["Success Algorithm"] (coll 1983). A play, Novoiie Oruzhiie ["New Weapons"] (1983), portrays modern physicists obsessed by moral problems after discovering a process which neutralizes all nuclear weapons on Earth. A rare attempt, in the Soviet sf of the 1980s, to create a future communist UTOPIA is the less successful Za Perevalom ["After the Pass"] (1984).
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